***For some reason, the previous posts were all reformatted, and in quite a state of disarray. I’ve gone through and fixed them, but if you were trying to get a recipe and couldn’t make heads or tails; I apologize.***
The indecisive winter weather in California always make me feel like a food flip flopper when I am trying to plan dinner and post new recipes. One day, it is very clearly winter. We stay indoors, bundled up with a fire going and can think of nothing but soup. The next day, it is sunny; we are out all day at the park, and my mind is back on salads. This recipe is splitting the difference. It is made up of winter ingredients, but it is great at room temperature and over a bed of crisp lettuce.
1 Cup Pre-cut Butternut Squash (fresh or frozen)
3 Large Red Beets (Roasted and Peeled)
1 C Canned White Beans
1/2 C. Frozen Peas (defrosted)
1 Tsp Brown Mustard
1/4 C. Olive Oil
1/3 C. Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Tsp. Oregano
Salt and Pepper
- The first step is to prepare the beets as this will take the longest. Beets should be roasted, wrapped in foil on 350 degrees for approx 45 min. Peel and cut into 1″ pieces. For more instructions on handling beets http://deliciousbydesign.net/2014/05/01/beet-salad/
- Next prepare the butternut squash. This time I had frozen, cubed squash. I put it in a microwave save bowl, covered it with plastic wrap, and microwaved for 2minutes. Just enough to heat it through the and make it fork tender. If I had fresh cubes, I would boil it for 5 minutes, and put in an ice bath to stop cooking.
- Let beets and squash cool. Peel and cut carrots. Drain and rinse white beans. Make sure peas are defrosted.
- In a large bowl, mix the dressing ingredients.
- Put prepared vegetables and beans down in the same bowl. Mix together.
- Serve over crisp lettuce or mixed greens.
“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent, not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.”